Salary: $56,676.00 – $76,188.00 Annually
Location: Skagit County – Sedro Woolley, WA
Job Type: Full Time – Permanent
Closing Date: 9/19/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

Are you interested in playing an active role in facilitating aquatic habitat restoration throughout the Salish Sea? The Washington Department of Natural Resources is looking for a Restoration Manager to help us manage state-owned aquatic lands so that people and the environment thrive, businesses and eelgrass meadows grow, and waterfront public access and salmon are preserved in perpetuity. We are looking for a Restoration Manager to be based in Skagit County that manages aquatic habitat restoration projects on state-owned aquatic lands primarily in North Puget Sound and the Olympic Peninsula.  

In partnership with the other Restoration Managers, and with guidance from the Statewide Restoration Program Manager, the position independently plans, organizes, implements, and is accountable for the restoration projects on state-owned aquatic lands in the Orca-Straits District. The Restoration Manager works with individual citizens, private industry, Tribes, other governments, and stakeholders to ensure resources are managed and restored to conserve ecological and economic viability. The position also plans, tracks and monitors public works contracts and its budget to accomplish the projects.

 The Restoration Manager’s responsibilities include the following:

  • Managing restoration projects, including planning, developing, budget management, and guiding implementation of restoration projects to meet district, division, and agency objectives.
  • Plans, tracks, and monitor public works contracts and its budget to accomplish the projects, including ensuring compliance with contract terms and performing site inspections.
  • Supervises and manages assigned agency staff and fieldwork crews that perform restoration work on state-owned aquatic lands, including but not limited to large debris and creosote-treated debris removal activities.
  • Manages and maintains capital assets needed for the restoration program including trucks, trailers, vessels, submersible remotely operated vehicle (ROV), power equipment, and tools. Ensure equipment is maintained and operated in safe manner.  
  • Collaborating with and supporting the Statewide Restoration Program Manager and other Aquatics Restoration staff to help develop long-range restoration objectives for the State while integrating internal and external program and policy objectives.
  • Providing timely communication to other DNR staff and external partners (including Tribal, state, NGO, and federal partners) and conducting education and outreach to the public.
  • Helping to support other district and division activities including habitat stewardship and environmental review of proposed projects affecting state-owned aquatic lands.

Required Qualifications: 

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in environmental science, natural resource management, real estate, forestry, geography, marine science, other science, engineering, land use or environmental planning, public policy, or other relevant field AND 2 years of work experience in one of the above disciplines.
  • Experience managing multiple complex tasks, setting workload priorities, and completing tasks on time.
  • Experience operating class 1 motor vessels (vessels 16 to 25 feet in length).
  • Experience with troubleshooting, maintaining, and operating equipment such as power tools, remotely operated vehicles, cars, trucks, and vessels.
  • Demonstrated ability to speak and write clearly and succinctly and use typical office software.
  • Demonstrated ability perform physically demanding work including lifting 30 pounds, operating power equipment (e.g., chain saw), traversing wet and uneven ground, and working on and over water in vessels, overwater structures, and steep shorelines.
  • DNR Core Competencies: 
    • Personal Accountability 
    • Value Others 
    • Compassionate Communication 
    • Inspire Others 
    • Commitment to Excellence 

Special Requirements and Conditions of Employment:

  • The work environment is split roughly evenly between the office and the field. Most fieldwork involves being on, over, or adjacent to water. Many projects involve working over uneven terrain and steep slopes for long hours and in a variety of weather conditions. Projects also involve working around heavy equipment, vessels, and helicopters. Some fieldwork involves travel by small motorboat, either as crew or captain.
  • Travel is required on a regular basis throughout the district and other locations around the State. Driving required is often long distances (up to 300 miles round trip) and frequently involves a ferry ride. Overnight stays are required.
  • Within one year of employment, become a Certified Cultural Resource Technician. Training is provided.
  • Within one year of employment, become a certified vessel operator equivalent to the U.S. Department of the Interior Motorboat Operators Certification Course. Training is provided.
  • A valid unrestricted driver’s license and have two years of driving experience. This position requires driving as an essential function. Finalists and/or interview candidates will be asked to provide a driving record from all states in which they have held a license during the past three years.

Desired Qualifications: 

  • Project and program management focused on on-the-ground restoration/removal work typically involving ecological restoration or environmental engineering activities (e.g., environmentally-focused AmeriCorps service, fisheries enhancement group stream restoration). 
  • Knowledge of and/or experience with contracts such as small public works, public works, and architecture & engineering contracts.
  • Experience interpreting and implementing guidelines, regulations, and laws associated with natural resource management, environmental protection, and/or cultural resource protection.
  • Knowledge of Pacific Northwest riverine, estuarine, and marine nearshore ecosystem processes and habitats.
  • Experience working for or with other environmental protection or natural resource agencies.
  • Experience applying for and managing grants for natural resource/environmental protection, recreation, or historical preservation projects.
  • A natural curiosity – someone who appreciates the how and the why, and who embraces new challenges and new technologies.

Application Requirements:

  • To be considered you must apply online at You must complete the entire online application to be considered for the position.
  • Attach a letter of interest describing how your experience and qualifications relate to the position profile and the position required, desired and special requirements.
  • Attach a resume describing your experience and qualifications.
  • Provide three to five professional references – you may attach a document, use the References text field in the online application, or include with resume.
  • Attach a copy of your college degree certificate or an unofficial copy of your transcripts.
  • Important: Do not attach any documents that include photos or private information (social security number, year of birth, etc.).
  • Complete all supplemental questions.

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